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post #43 of Old 10-02-2013
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Re: sailboat and ferry collide!

There's a slightly different explanation for the use of "left/right" for rudder commands that makes more sense than you might initially suspect:

MARS 2012

And "right/left" have been used by the US Navy at least as far back as the 1940's:
Manual of Commands and Orders, 1945

Much else may have gone wrong, but the terminology is not in and of itself particularly suspicious.
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